Green Bay Gamblers

The Green Bay Gamblers are a Tier I junior ice hockey team in the Eastern Conference of the United States Hockey League (USHL). They play in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at the Resch Center.

Green Bay Gamblers
Green Bay Gamblers Logo
CityGreen Bay, Wisconsin
LeagueUSHL
ConferenceEastern
Founded1994
Home arenaResch Center
ColorsBlack, yellow, white
              
Owner(s)PMI Entertainment Group
General managerPat Mikesch (2014–15)
Head coachPat Mikesch (2014–15)
Franchise history
1994–presentGreen Bay Gamblers
Championships
Regular season titles5 Anderson Cups (1995–96, 1996–97, 2008–09, 2009–10, and 2011–12)
Playoff championships4 Clark Cups (1996, 2000, 2010, and 2012)

History

Professional hockey in Green Bay

The first professional hockey team to be based in Green Bay was the Green Bay Bobcats who started playing in 1958 when the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena was built. There is some confusion over what league the team played in during its early years or if the team played in multiple leagues. Some sources cite that the Bobcats played in the U.S. Central Hockey League, a predecessor to the current United States Hockey League (USHL). Other sources claim that the Bobcats did not start playing in the USCHL until 1961. The Green Bay Bobcats franchise folded after the 1980-1981 season and 23 years of play. However, since the 2008-2009 season the Green Bay Gamblers have used a yellow bobcat prominently in the teams logo as well as having a bobcat by the name of "Ace" as the teams mascot.

Green Bay Gamblers

Since their inception into the United States Hockey League in 1994 the Green Bay Gamblers have been one of the premiere junior "A" hockey franchises in all of North America. To their credit the Gamblers have won two Junior A, Tier 2 National Championships (Gold Cups in 1996 and 1997), five Anderson Cups (1996, 1997, 2009, 2010, and 2012), four Clark Cups (1996, 2000, 2010, and 2012), four USHL Eastern Division titles, and one USHL Northern Division title. Since the USHL became Tier 1 in 2002, the Clark Cup also represents that level's national championship.

Home rinks

From when the Gamblers entered the league at the start of the 1994-1995 season through the 2001-2002 season, the team's primary venue was at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena. For the start of the 2002-2003 season, the Gamblers moved into the Resch Center, an 8,800 seat arena which was built on the opposite side of Shopko Hall. The team played at the Memorial Arena a few times each season due to scheduling conflicts with the Resch Center until the arena was scheduled for demolition in 2019.

During the years at the Arena, other venues were sometimes used due to scheduling conflicts. These include the De Pere Ice & Recreation Center, the Brown County Youth Hockey Arena, the Cornerstone Community Center, Fond du Lac's Blue Line Ice Center, Beaver Dam Ice Arena, Greenheck Ice Center in Schofield.

Since 1994 the average attendance of a Gamblers Game is 3,353 people,[1] which is among the top in the USHL. In 2010, the Green Bay Gamblers set a USHL record for the highest attended playoff game when 8,487 fans showed up to see game five of the USHL Playoff championship, a game the Gamblers won resulting in franchise's third Clark Cup. The record has since been broken multiple times.[2]

Season-by-season record

Reference[3]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Season GP W L T OTL SOL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1994–95 48 9 34 1 4 0 23 147 264 11th of 11 No playoffs
1995–96 46 32 11 3 0 0 67 219 737 1st of 11 No playoffs
1996–97 54 41 11 0 2 0 84 260 187 1882 1st of 6, North Won Quarterfinals, 4–2 vs. Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks
Won Semifinals, 4–3 vs. North Iowa Huskies
Lost Championship, 4–0 vs. Lincoln Stars
1997–98 56 31 20 0 0 5 51 157 183 1576 3rd of 6, North Lost Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Des Moines Buccaneers
1998–99 56 41 11 0 4 0 86 213 143 1568 1st of 4, East Won Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Thunder Bay Flyers
Lost Semifinals, 3–0 vs. Omaha Lancers
1999–00 58 35 18 0 0 5 75 232 174 1318 2nd of 7, East Won Quarterfinals, 3–1 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
Won Semifinals, 3–2 vs. Des Moines Buccaneers
Won Championship, 4–1 vs. Twin City Vulcans
2000–01 56 32 13 0 11 0 75 177 153 994 1st of 6, East Lost Quarterfinals, 3–1 vs. Tri-City Storm
2001–02 61 35 20 0 6 0 76 184 179 1257 1st of 6, East Won Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Des Moines Buccaneers
Lost Semifinals, 3–1 vs. Sioux City Musketeers
2002–03 60 16 36 3 5 40 139 215 1341 5th of 5, East Did not qualify
2003–04 60 27 28 4 1 59 171 176 1144 5th of 6, East Did not qualify
2004–05 60 21 37 2 0 44 141 220 971 5th of 6, East Did not qualify
2005–06 60 30 26 1 3 64 182 183 1127 3rd of 6, East Lost Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Des Moines Buccaneers
2006–07 60 24 30 1 5 54 176 198 1317 4th of 6, East Lost First Round, 4–0 vs. Indiana Ice
2007–08 60 13 41 2 4 32 130 224 1346 6th of 6, East Did not qualify
2008–09 60 39 17 0 4 82 237 165 1363 1st of 6, East Won Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
Lost Semifinals, 3–1 vs. Indiana Ice
2009–10 60 45 10 2 3 95 212 140 1394 1st of 8, East Won Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
Won Semifinals, 3–1 vs. Indiana Ice
Won Championship, 3–2 vs. Fargo Force
2010–11 60 41 15 2 2 86 189 131 790 2nd of 8, Eastern Won Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Indiana Ice
Won Semifinals, 3–1 vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Lost Championship, 3–1 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
2011–12 60 47 9 2 2 98 250 138 882 1st of 8, Eastern Won Quarterfinals, 3–1 vs. Youngstown Phantoms
Won Semifinals, 3–0 vs. Indiana Ice
Won Championship, 3–2 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
2012–13 64 37 23 3 1 78 234 207 1069 2nd of 8, Eastern Lost Quarterfinals, 3–1 vs. Youngstown Phantoms
2013–14 60 30 24 3 3 66 183 176 887 4th of 9, Eastern Lost Quarterfinals, 3–1 vs. Indiana Ice
2014–15 60 18 34 3 5 44 156 213 1010 8th of 10, Eastern Did not qualify
2015–16 60 37 16 4 3 81 191 135 881 2nd of 10, Eastern Lost Quarterfinals, 3–1 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
2016–17 60 34 22 2 2 72 173 145 5th of 10, Eastern Did not qualify
2017–18 60 30 24 4 2 66 172 170 3rd of 10, Eastern Lost Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints

Players

Current roster

As of March 16, 2019[4]

No. S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
New Jersey Jarod Crespo D 5' 11" 183 lb 2002-04-30 New Jersey Salisbury (USHS-Prep) Penn State
2 Florida Chase Pilawski D 5' 9" 190 lb 1999-04-03 Lutz, Florida Austin (NAHL) Lake Superior State
8 Minnesota Brady Meyer C 6' 5" 190 lb 2000-10-17 North Branch, Minnesota Des Moines (USHL) Minnesota–Duluth
9 Ontario Tyler Spott D 5' 10" 165 lb 2000-06-17 Toronto, Ontario St. Michael's (OJHL) Northeastern
10 Minnesota Sam Huff F 6' 0" 180 lb 1998-09-11 Maple Grove, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL) Minnesota
11 Minnesota Austin Heidemann F 5' 11" 200 lb 1999-06-27 Maple Grove, Minnesota Steinbach (MJHL) None
13 Michigan Xan Gurney D 6' 3" 183 lb 2000-05-28 Grosse Ile, Michigan Fargo (USHL) Western Michigan
14 Missouri McKade Webster F 5' 9" 165 lb 2000-07-28 St. Louis, Missouri Shattuck St. Mary's U16 (Midget AAA) Denver
15 Wisconsin Kyler Grundy F 6' 1" 190 lb 2000-04-19 Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin Minnesota (NAHL) None
16 Minnesota Noah Ganske D 6' 5" 190 lb 1999-04-21 Bloomington, Minnesota Minnesota (NAHL) None
17 Tennessee Camden Thiesing C 5' 11" 161 lb 2001-03-26 Franklin, Tennessee Chippewa (NAHL) Ohio State
18 North Dakota Braden Costello F 6' 2" 201 lb 2000-04-21 Grand Forks, North Dakota Des Moines (USHL) North Dakota
19 Ontario Jesse Tucker F 5' 10" 175 lb 2000-03-01 Longlac, Ontario North York (OJHL) Lake Superior State
22 Minnesota Nick Leitner (C) D 6' 0" 185 lb 1998-04-17 Bemidji, Minnesota Des Moines (USHL) None
23 Texas Ryan O'Reilly RW 6' 2" 201 lb 2000-03-21 Southlake, Texas Fargo (USHL) None
26 Idaho Luke Mylymok F 5' 11" 175 lb 2001-09-29 Boise, Idaho Notre Dame (SJHL) Minnesota–Duluth
27 Ontario Nicholas Zabaneh F 5' 9" 177 lb 2001-03-27 Toronto, Ontario St. Michael's (CAHS) Michigan
28 Colorado Noah Prokop (A) F 6' 1" 185 lb 2000-01-15 Highlands Ranch, Colorado Shattuck St. Mary's (USHS-Prep) Omaha
30 Minnesota Ryan Ullan Injured G 6' 1" 190 lb 2000-07-29 Hibbing, Minnesota Bismarck (NAHL) Northern Michigan
33 Russia Maxim Zhukov G 6' 3" 187 lb 1999-07-22 Kaliningrad, Russia Barrie (OHL) None
39 Ontario Christopher Giroday D 6' 0" 175 lb 2000-12-13 Toronto, Ontario Aurora (PJHL) Western Michigan
43 Michigan Dylan Wendt F 6' 0" 180 lb 2001-01-09 Grand Haven, Michigan Honeybaked U16 (HPHL U16) Michigan
53 Michigan Benito Posa F 6' 1" 170 lb 1999-01-16 Grand Blanc, Michigan Central Illinois (USHL) None
55 Russia Gleb Murtazin F 6' 3" 170 lb 2000-10-26 Penza, Russia Amarillo (NAHL) None
56 California Nicholas Kent D 5' 9" 154 lb 2001-02-01 Ladera Ranch, California Buffalo (OJHL) Quinnipiac

Team captains

  • Ryan Petersen (2004–05)
  • Ryan Little (2007–08)
  • Max Hartner (2011–12)
  • Grant Arnold (2011–12)
  • Ryan Lough (2013–14)
  • Sam Saliba (2015–16)
  • Jared Spooner (2016–17)
  • Jackson Charlesworth (2017–18)
  • Nick Leitner (2018–19)

Notable alumni

NHL

On March 25, 2013, former Gamblers head coach Jon Cooper was named the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning.[5] He is the first USHL coaching alumnus to lead an NHL team. Former Gamblers head coach Derek Lalonde was hired by the Lightning as an assistant coach on July 12, 2018, joining Cooper's staff.[6]

Olympics

Maris Ziedens appeared in the 2006 Winter Olympics for his native Latvia. Latvia finished 12th.

Blake Wheeler was selected to the United States national team for the 2014 Winter Olympics.[7] They finished 4th.

NCAA champions

Gamblers alumni have played on multiple NCAA men's hockey national champions teams:

Year Player School Division
2000 Jason Notermann North Dakota Division I
2002 Judd Stevens Minnesota Division I
2003 Judd Stevens Minnesota Division I
2006 Adam Burish Wisconsin Division I
A.J. Degenhardt
Josh Engel
Kyle Klubertanz
2008 Brandon Longley St. Norbert Division III
Ryan Petersen
Nick Tabisz
2009 Eric Gryba Boston Division I
2011 Brandon Longley St. Norbert Division III
Nick Tabisz
Aaron Crandall Minnesota–Duluth Division I
Keegan Flaherty
2013 Mitch Witek Yale Division I
2014 Patrick McCadden St. Norbert Division III
Tony Kujava
Ryan Peterson[a]
2016 Christian Wolanin North Dakota Division I
Nick Schmaltz
2018 Matt Anderson Minnesota–Duluth Division I
  1. ^ Assistant coach

Statistical leaders

Points
Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Chad Stauffacher F 135 73 67 140 1.04
Kyle Novak RW 126 44 84 128 1.02
Nick Schmaltz C 130 37 82 119 0.92
Billy Pugliese F 91 54 62 116 1.27
Luke Stauffacher RW 189 39 77 116 0.61
Matthew Weis C 141 42 70 112 0.79
Reed Seckel C/LW 114 35 75 110 0.96
Nick Schilkey RW 118 48 59 107 0.91
Alex Broadhurst C 108 39 67 106 0.98
Kevin Granato C 98 45 57 102 1.04
Goals
Player Pos G
Chad Stauffacher F 73
Billy Pugliese F 54
Sergio Somma LW 52
C.J. Lee F 50
Nick Schilkey RW 48
Alex Kile LW 47
Kevin Granato C 45
Nolan LaPorte RW 45
Kyle Novak RW 44
Matt Johnson RW 43
Assists
Player Pos A
Kyle Novak RW 84
Nick Schmaltz C 82
Luke Stauffacher RW 77
Reed Seckel C/LW 75
Jeff Finger D 72
Matthew Weis C 70
Dan Calzada D 68
Chad Stauffacher F 67
Alex Broadhurst C 67
Billy Pugliese F 62
Points per game
Player Pos P/G
John Eichelberger C 1.408
Aaron Smith F 1.364
Ryan Forbes F 1.277
Billy Pugliese F 1.275
Casey Mittelstadt C/LW 1.250
Jason Cupp C 1.241
Mario LeBlanc F 1.200
Anders Lee LW 1.119
Brian McDonald LW 1.053
Chris Line RW 1.050
Games played
Player Pos GP
Luke Stauffacher RW 189
Dallas Steward F 164
Corey Couturier LW 164
Dan Calzada D 162
Jeff Finger D 161
Anthony Hayes F 160
Ryan Little F/D 155
C.J. Lee F 152
Brandon Longley D 148
Matthew Weis C 141

Head coaches

References

  1. ^ "Green Bay Gamblers yearly attendance at hockeydb.com". www.hockeydb.com.
  2. ^ http://www.gamblershockey.com/green-bay-gamblers-timeline
  3. ^ "Green Bay Gamblers Statistics and History". HockeyDB. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "Roster". Green Bay Gamblers. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "Lightning name Jon Cooper coach". NHL.com.
  6. ^ "Lightning name Derek Lalonde as assistant coach". NHL.com.
  7. ^ USAHockey.com (1 January 2014). "2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team Announced".

External links

2009–10 USHL season

The 2009–10 USHL season is the 30th season of the United States Hockey League as an all-junior league. The regular season began on October 2, 2009 and concluded on April 3, 2010 with the regular season champion winning the Anderson Cup. The 2009–10 USHL season was the first to include both the Youngstown Phantoms and the US Nation Team Development Program, both of whom left the North American Hockey League. As a result of two new teams being added to the East Division, the Des Moines Buccaneers were moved to the West Division.

The Clark Cup playoffs featured the top four teams from each division competing for the league title.

2011–12 USHL season

The 2011–12 USHL season is the 32nd season of the United States Hockey League as an all-junior league. The regular season began on September 30, 2011 and concluded on April 14, 2012 with the regular season champion winning the Anderson Cup.

The playoffs began on April 16, 2012 and completed on May 23, 2012. The top six teams from each conference competed for the Clark Cup.

This season was the 20th season in which the same team captured both the Anderson Cup and the Clark Cup in the same season. It was the third time the Green Bay Gamblers accomplished this feat (1995–96, 2009–10 and the 2011–12 seasons).

2012–13 USHL season

The 2012–13 USHL season is the 33rd season of the United States Hockey League as an all-junior league. The regular season began on September 28, 2012 and concluded on April 13, 2013 with the regular season champion winning the Anderson Cup.

The playoffs began on April 16, 2013 and completed on May 17, 2013. The top four teams from each conference competed for the Clark Cup, with all series played in a best-of-five format.This season was the 21st season in which one team captured both the Anderson Cup and the Clark Cup in the same season. It was the first time the Dubuque Fighting Saints accomplished this feat.

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